FAQ

FAQ for Malvern College Hong Kong

Malvern College Hong Kong (MCHK) will open its doors in late August 2018 and ultimately provide 960 places for both primary and secondary pupils.
  • When is the starting date?
    • August 2018
  • What is the full capacity of the school?
    • 960 pupils
  • How many classes will you run?
    • We are targeting to have 3-4 classes in each year group at Primary (Years 1-6). Further details regarding Secondary will be provided at a later stage.
  • What is your class size?
    • 20-24 pupils
    • Roughly 1:10 teacher to pupil ratio
  • What are the school hours?
    • Exact time will be decided later, but we expect it to be between 8:00am – 3:30pm
  • What makes you unique among other international schools?
    • Malvern College has a very long, prestigious, and successful history of over 150 years. This experience and our proven track record place us as a world leader in the educational market, with a range of schools around the world within the Malvern network.
 
    • What is your school management structure?
      • School Headmaster and Primary/Secondary Principals supported by other academic and non-academic managers/coordinators
    • Will your management team come from the UK?
      • The management team will be selected based mainly on qualifications and experience, particularly in the IB. In addition, Malvern College UK has played and will continue to play a significant part in the recruitment of teaching staff and will also instigate a quality assurance programme with frequent visits to the school.
    • What is the relationship between Malvern College and Malvern College Hong Kong?
      • It is a close partnership. Malvern UK is intimately involved in the development and management of Malvern College Hong Kong.
      • Governance will be ensured by a management board well represented by Malvern UK, which meets every quarter to discuss issues on the operation of schools.
      • Malvern UK is involved in the planning and operation of the school, covering areas ranging from campus design to staff appointment.
      • There will also be sharing of teaching experience and knowledge. Senior teaching staff recruited for Malvern College Hong Kong will undertake a week-long immersion at Malvern UK, including training and a briefing on teaching resources they can utilise. Quarterly training will be conducted by Malvern UK staff in Hong Kong.
      • Malvern UK attaches great emphasis to the quality of the education delivered by its international network of schools. As such, it has set up a quality assurance programme that includes a yearly inspection of the school’s operations and academic programmes outside the UK.
      • As a testament of the close relationship between the mother school and Malvern College Hong Kong, there will be reserved places for pupils of Malvern College Hong Kong at Malvern UK if they so choose to further their studies at Malvern.
    • Are Qingdao College and Chengdu College in China also managed in the same way as Malvern College Hong Kong?
      • All Malvern Colleges share the same ethos and values, and the operations of the schools generally mirror that of the mother school in the UK. However, of course there are adaptations for each country to meet the national requirements laid down by their governments and English capabilities of its pupil intake.
 
    • Will the admissions be rolling admissions?
      • Before the opening of the school, MCHK accepts application throughout the school year.
    • Will you assess all applicants?
      • Yes, we will invite all applicants for assessment or observation session.
    • Will you accept a child who does not speak English?
      • A minimum level of English is necessary, and this will also depend on other criteria including school reports and parents’ ability to offer English support at home.
    • What priority rankings will you have for Admissions?
      • We are looking to build a pupil population with a diverse mix.
      • We are open to considering pupils who may need some support in English in the short term, if their home environment can support their learning of English.
      • In addition, the following groups will have priority for assessment:
        • Corporate Nomination Right (CNR) nominees;
        • Individual Nomination Right (INR) nominees;
        • Siblings of pupils already attending Malvern College Hong Kong;
        • Pupils who have been attending Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong for at least one year prior to admission to
        • Malvern College Hong Kong;
        • Children of Old Malvernians (alumni);
        • Pupils transferring from another school in the Malvern College family – they must have attended the school for a minimum of 2 years and must have strong school reports;
        • Pupils who bring diversity of nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, learning styles and needs
 
  • What are the details of the school curriculum? What are the compulsory subjects? What are the optional subjects?
    • Building on Malvern College UK’s 25 years of highly successful experience in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, MCHK’s curriculum will be enriched with a wide co-curricular programme.
    • The school will teach Sciences and Mathematics through practical learning, where necessary combining traditional and modern teaching methodology, using a good deal of “hands-on” and experiential learning. There will be opportunities for extended learning – extra lessons, clubs, lectures, collaboration with universities and the Hong Kong Science Park.
    • English will be the medium of instruction but Chinese language learning will be mandatory for all pupils.
    • Programmes will be in place to support second language learners as well.
    • Malvern College Hong Kong will introduce the concept of Forest School learning into its curriculum. Forest School is led by qualified Forest School practitioners. The school’s proximity to country parks in the New Territories makes it an ideal place to provide the Forest School programme to pupils.
  • What curriculum will you run?
    • Malvern College Hong Kong will build on Malvern College UK’s 25 years of highly successful experience in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, it’s academic curriculum will be supplemented and enhanced by enrichment opportunities and a wide variety of co-curricular activities.
  • What is special about the science curriculum?
    • Nuffield / STEM – hands on approach, science exploration, starting at a young primary age. Our environment and proximity to Science Park and CUHK is a great advantage.
  • Do you offer learning support?
    • We will be offering some learning enrichment depending on the needs of the individual child including some language assistance options for those who may require it but this will be part of the entrance assessment process.
  • Tell me a bit more about your Chinese curriculum?
    • We will offer first and second language Chinese. We will also have a strong link/partnership with Beijing National University (BNU) whose expertise will support us through curriculum design and teacher training.
    • Learning Chinese is mandatory for every pupil. In line with prevalent practices across international schools in Hong Kong, simplified Mandarin will be taught. Enrichment courses on literature and practical writing will be offered for able pupils.
 
  • What are your school fees?
    • It is anticipated that our annual tuition fees will be $160,000 per year (subject to EDB approval) for Years 1 to 6. For Years 7, 8 and 9 these fees are anticipated to be $182,000 per year (subject to EDB approval).
  • Do you offer scholarships?
    • Yes, we will use 10% of our tuition fees income for scholarships and fee assistance.
 
    • Will you have enough playground space for the children?
      • The school design will have playground areas on ground floor and the roof.
      • G/F will have about 750m2 children playground and landscape garden at the external area. R/F will have about 1000m2 playground and landscape garden together with a 57m x 37m (2100m2) sports field.
      • Several semi-covered roof terraces on different floors (Approx. 1000m2in total) will be provided for pupils’ activities and leisure.
    • Do you have enough sports facilities?
      • A 6-lane 25m indoor swimming pool
      • A 200m2 indoor gymnasium
      • A 750m2 indoor sports hall (full size standard basketball court and other sports)
      • A 2100m2 outdoor play field on the roof
 
  • Can I drive my child to school?
    • It is mandatory that pupils arrive and leave school by school bus or by public transportation
    • The school bus network will have multiple bus routes to upmarket neighbourhoods esp. those with a sizeable expat population
 
    • Where do your teachers come from?
      • Qualified teachers will be recruited internationally and locally.
   
  • Will you have a PTA?
    • Parental support and involvement in the education of their children is essential. The school will develop a formal structure once we start our operation.
 
  • Can pupils transfer easily between MCHK and other Malvern schools, including Malvern College UK?
    • Each Malvern school runs independently, but we will be planning exchange programmes between the Malvern College Family of Schools.
    • For Malvern College Hong Kong pupils, there will be a limited number of reserved places at The Downs Malvern at Year 7 and Malvern College UK at Year 9 to transfer over and finish their education in the UK. The pupil will need to pass the entrance criteria for the UK.
 
  • How long will they last?
    • They have a 12-year life span that can extend to 22years
    • At the end of 12 years, the company can get a full refund minus an administration charge OR the company can keep it and the CNR will depreciate evenly over the next 10 years. Total life span then is 22 years
  • Can I sell them to another company?
    • Yes. If the company wants to sell, then they must approach the school who will have a list of interested companies. The school will act as the agent and charge either 10% of the selling price or 50% of any profit made. Whichever is higher. If sold within the first 12-year period, then the CNR starts counting its 12 years again for the new company. If the company keeps the CNR beyond 12 years, then it is valid for a further 10 years depreciating pro-rata over those 10 years to a value of HK$0 and is no longer usable.
  • When the first child leaves the school can the company renominate?
    • Yes. Renomination fee will be $25,000
 
  • How much are they?
    • We are pleased to have received keen interest from parents and corporations. The application period for the second round of Individual Nomination Rights has closed. If you are interested, please contact us at nr@malverncollege.org.hk We will be happy to put you on our list of interested parents should a further round be offered at a later date.
  • How long will they last?
    • For the duration of your child’s attendance at the school
  • What benefits do I get?
    • Your child will be considered a higher priority than a child without an INR and you don’t need to pay the annual capital levy.
 
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